A Guide to Alcohol and Drug Rehab in Kingston upon Thames

Addiction – whether to alcohol, illegal drugs, or prescription medication – is an illness affecting many corners of the UK, causing personal tragedy and social strife across the country.

However, although this problem is already an incredibly serious one, unfortunately, it is worsening year after year. Help is out there for those of you in and around Kingston upon Thames wishing to turn your lives around.

If you or a loved one are battling addiction, getting help as soon as possible is vital when it comes to overcoming this disease. Read on to find out how rehab can set you on the path to recovery.

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What Is Rehab?

Rehab is generally accepted to be the most effective means of treating addiction: tackling both the immediate problem of physical dependency and the longer-term, more pernicious challenges of psychological addiction, rehab provides a holistic combination of therapy, medication and support upon which an addict – even someone who has been abusing drink and/or drugs for their entire adult life – can construct a permanent recovery.

The term “rehab” is applied to both the process of attending a dedicated facility to receive treatment for addiction, and to such a facility itself. Although outpatient programmes are offered by some facilities, treatment is usually provided on an inpatient basis (hence the saying “going to rehab”); if you’re an addict in rehab you will benefit from pleasant, peaceful and confidential surroundings in which you can focus totally on your recovery with the help of highly trained medical professionals and the support of your peers.

Rehab typically comprises two main phases: detoxification (“detox”) and therapy, addressing physical dependency and psychological addiction respectively. Because each case of addiction is unique, each rehab client receives an individual treatment plan drawn up based on an initial assessment of their condition and the nature and severity of their addiction; the confidential nature of rehab means that you can receive this treatment safe in the knowledge that details of your condition will remain secret.

How Can I Get Someone into Rehab?

It is a well-known truism that an addict will only be able to benefit from treatment when they truly want to recover; until then even the most capable therapist is unlikely to make much headway against the overwhelming force of physical and psychological addiction.

However, it is crucial to act as soon as an addict reaches the point of admitting to their need for help: in the treatment of addiction time is of the essence, as the longer a person labours under the burden of addiction the greater the chance that they will fall victim to overdose or to a drug-related accident or act of violence.

With this in mind, the long waiting lists for NHS services (suffering under the strain of high and growing demand right across the country, including in Kingston upon Thames specifically) become less of an irritation and more of a tragedy in waiting. If you are suffering from addiction and requiring urgent help, do not risk becoming this tragedy: instead, call us today to speak with an addiction specialist about which private options may be available to you.

Meanwhile, if your concern is not for yourself but for someone close to you, who is not yet able to admit to their addiction, again don’t waste any more time; call us for advice on arranging an intervention or other tactics designed to get them into a state of readiness to receive the help that could save their life.

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Advantages of Private Rehab

As mentioned earlier, rehab offers a tranquil, attractive, secure and confidential environment in which you can focus wholly upon your recovery far from the distractions and temptations of the outside world and your daily routine of substance abuse – and of course from those substances themselves.

When you enter rehab, having been assessed by the medical team you will embark on a detox assisted by medical professionals who are there to ensure that the detox and withdrawal process is as safe and as comfortable as it can be; this may involve the use of certain medications.

After the detox phase, you move into therapy, with various different therapy models provided in both one-to-one and group settings aimed at addressing the root causes of your addiction and at enabling you to construct defence mechanisms against relapse. Your individual treatment plan will also include bespoke dietary and fitness regimes (“healthy body, healthy mind”) as well as access to other resources depending on which specific rehab you attend and the level of treatment you have opted for.

It’s vital to remember that recovery is not complete the instant you finish your treatment programme and walk out the door of rehab: it is an ongoing process requiring dedication and diligence. As a result, good rehabs will provide free aftercare for up to a year to give you the assurance of ongoing professional support during this next crucial phase of your recovery.

Rehab Cost in Greater London?

The cost of private rehab in or near Kingston upon Thames can vary significantly by treatment programme, and depending on which of a variety of optional extras are selected. As a rough guide, standard costs range from between £5,500 and £11,000 per month, though the cheapest rehab treatment can start from as little as £834 per week. For more details call and speak to one of our advisers.

Kingston upon Thames NHS Addiction Treatment

Perhaps for reasons of cost, or because they may feel that despite the damage addiction is doing they are not able or willing to spend several weeks or even months away from their families and/or their jobs, some people decide that private rehab is not an option for them. Various NHS and charity resources can be found in Kingston upon Thames, speak to your GP about which of these resources may be available to you.

Advantages of NHS Treatment

Bearing in mind the aforementioned reluctance of some people to pay for private rehab, one obvious advantage of NHS treatment is that it is free at the point of service delivery. However, there are other advantages too: for one thing, the NHS is active across the UK, whereas some rehabs are a long distance away from Lambeth. Another benefit is a generally high quality of service (though that quality does vary from one NHS trust to the next).

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Addiction Support Groups

The UK benefits from the activities of numerous support group organisations set up to provide help to recovering addicts. Support groups comprising individuals from all walks of life, brought together by their common experience of addiction and recovery, meet regularly across the country to give and take mutual support in the form of advice, solidarity, sympathy and companionship. Attendance at support groups is almost always free; attendees must commit to a life free of substances of abuse.

Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) is the oldest (founded in 1935) and best-known of these support group organisations; its 12-step programme of personal and spiritual development is the model for many other organisations, including Narcotics Anonymous (NA) which – as its name suggests – caters specifically to those recovering from drug addiction.

The best-known support group organisation – and one on which many others have been modelled – is Alcoholics Anonymous (AA). Founded in 1935, AA provides the famous 12-step programme of personal and spiritual progress (one of the steps is to acknowledge that a higher power – such as God – governs one’s life and can help with an alcoholic’s recovery). Narcotics Anonymous (NA) was founded in 1953 based on the AA model and is the second-largest support group organisation internationally, specifically aimed at helping recovering drug addicts.

Along similar lines are Cocaine Anonymous(CA), Heroin Anonymous (HA), Marijuana Anonymous (MA) and Crystal Meth Anonymous (CMA), all of which operate 12-step programmes. There are also support groups such as Al-Anon and Nar-Anon assisting the families and friends of addicts which typically hold meetings alongside those for the addicts themselves.

Types of Counselling

One form of treatment which has proved very popular both for recovering addicts who have completed a treatment programme such as those provided at rehab and for addicts who have not yet engaged in such a treatment programme but who intend to and seek meanwhile to manage their addiction, is individual counselling. Private addiction counsellors operate rather like regular psychotherapists (though of course with a focus primarily on the causes and consequences of addiction): they’re typically seen by private appointment, usually on an ongoing basis (for example weekly), and charge per appointment.

Access to individual counsellors is usually limited to pre-agreed working hours, although some do make themselves available for emergencies. Private counsellors offering a huge range of therapy models and approaches to treatment – including some extremely niche methods – can be found throughout the country, with a great many working within Greater London.

How to get to Primrose Lodge from Kingston upon Thames?

Primrose Lodge is a unique rehab clinic located in the historic town of Guildford, Surrey. Boasting a private gymnasium, purpose-built treatment rooms and en suite bedrooms, this attractive, spacious building is the perfect getaway for those battling addiction, while Primrose Lodge’s highly experienced staff are on hand 24/7 to ensure patients’ safety and comfort. Integrated treatment programmes designed to address the root causes of addiction are provided in a tranquil and confidential environment in which patients can focus wholly upon their recovery.

To get to Worplesdon from Kingston by car, head out on the A307/A308 to the A2043, then join Malden Way/A3. Stay on the A3 for 20 kilometres, then take London Rd/A3100, then the A320; finally join the A322/Worplesdon Road and follow signage. For those travelling by train, go from Kingston up to Clapham Junction and change for direct services to Worplesdon.

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